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Windows 7: MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?

01 Jun 2015   #1
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?

While browsing files on my computer recently I keep noticing files which are apparently of the type "MinimumPrice". A while ago I had the minimum price virus but after some hard work I got rid of it, I thought for good. For some reason I still find lots of files on my computer of the "minimumPrice" type even though I know the files are legitimate and the virus is gone. For example in MSI Afterburner some of the files that are functioning normally and should normally exist are of the type:



Does anyone have any idea whats going on? Did the virus permanently screw something up on my computer? I unfortunately can't use google to solve this problem because the only results I get are about removing the MinimumPrice virus which I already did.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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01 Jun 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Do you have other folders like this?

Try you uninstall/install MSI Afterburner?

Maybe you can search for MinimumPrice in registry and see what comes up.

There are a few tutorials to unassociated/restore file extensions but not sure if they apply to your case.
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01 Jun 2015   #3
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Do you have other folders like this?

Try you uninstall/install MSI Afterburner?

Maybe you can search for MinimumPrice in registry and see what comes up.

There are a few tutorials to unassociated/restore file extensions but not sure if they apply to your case.
I have tons of other folders like this. It seems to me like some sort of file association has been created and thats why all sorts of normal files are of the type. I even recently saw some files in one of my Windows created SSD backups that were of the type!

I have not yet tried reinstalling MSI Afterburner because I am afraid I will lose my overclock settings
I recently updated the program and lost a couple of my profiles for some reason so I am worried if I reinstall I will lose everything. If I really have to I can try reinstalling but I would prefer not to.

I searched for mimimumprice in the registry and came up with some weird stuff that I don't understand. This seemed suspicious to me:



I think unassociating or restoring file extensions could help me, any chance you could point me to a good tutorial on sevenforums about it?
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02 Jun 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Those files in your screenshot are all without any extensions.
The registry entry you show, right click and export. Then delete the OpenwithProgIds on left side.
Check MSI folder.

Problem is it may have replaced other file extensions as well.

Try Default File Type Associations - Restore
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02 Jun 2015   #5
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Those files in your screenshot are all without any extensions.
The registry entry you show, right click and export. Then delete the OpenwithProgIds on left side.
Check MSI folder.

Problem is it may have replaced other file extensions as well.

Try Default File Type Associations - Restore
Why don't they have any file extensions?

I tried removing the registry entry, no luck.

I also restored all file associations from the post you linked me to. Also no luck.

Any other ideas?

I appreciate the help by the way!
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04 Jun 2015   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

> Why don't they have any file extensions?

Because they never did have file extensions. That is normal for these files.

I'm not sure how to clean up your registry :-(
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04 Jun 2015   #7
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
> Why don't they have any file extensions?

Because they never did have file extensions. That is normal for these files.

I'm not sure how to clean up your registry :-(
Well as far as I can tell these types of files don't seem to be hurting my computer at this point. If nobody has a solution I guess I will just have to live with it haha.
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04 Jun 2015   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

> I tried removing the registry entry, no luck.
Are you talking about the entry shown in post #3?
What happened...
...an error while removing it?
...or the entry came back?
...or Windows Explorer still shows MinimumPrice in the Type column?
...or something else.


> I also restored all file associations from the post you linked me to. Also no luck.
I might have missed it, but I scanned thru that list of files and I did not happen to see one that changes/fixes the registry entry shown in post #3. That is probably because the reg files in that tutorial only deal with items that are a part of Windows 7. Some app, infection or something that you did created the entry shown in post #3.

That said, I have an entry for just a dot (with no file extension) on the W7 computer that I'm on at the moment. But that entry is missing from another W7 computer and from a W7 Virtual Machine that I checked. It seems to be created when there needs to be a default action for files without a file extension.

MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-dot1.png

MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-dot2.png

I have no idea what app (or action that I took) made that entry.


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04 Jun 2015   #9
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry I should have been more specific.

I removed the entry, and upon rebooting the entry is back just like it was before.
Windows Explorer still shows MinimumPrice in the Type column.

Any idea how I could prevent the creation of the registry entry upon bootup?

"It seems to be created when there needs to be a default action for files without a file extension."
Is there a way to reset the default action for a file without an extension?

I am 99% sure this registry entry (and problem) is linked in some way to this virus: Remove Minimum Price adware (Virus Removal Guide)
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05 Jun 2015   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I had never heard of this infection name before - but malware removal is not my specialty. I read several things about it (including that removal guide) the first day that you started this thread. I was hoping to find info on what it does to the registry and how to fix same. I have not found any mention of this infection messing with file extensions. Perhaps you were blessed with a variant that has not been fully documented yet.

It is your call, you can:

1) make a new thread here: http://www.sevenforums.com/system-security/ and let those volunteers make sure that all parts of the infection is gone...

or

2) we can try to figure out what is creating that key
(with these steps: Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup)

or

3) we can prevent changes to that key via these steps:

Merge the attached reg file. It removes and recreates the dot key.
dot-file-extension.reg

Open regedit to that key.

Right-click on the dot key in the left pane...
...and select permissions from the context menu.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r1.png

Click on Advanced.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r2.png

UNCHECK the option highlighted below.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r3.png

Click Add.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r4.png

CHECK the option highlighted below and click OK.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r5.png

Click on Yes.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r6.png

The account named RESTRICTED should look like this:
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r7.png
For the screen above, make all of the other accounts look just like that (i.e. Read only) and click OK.

Search the registry for more entries like this.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r8.png
I would not repeat the steps above on any other registry key that you might find. Just let us know if you find others.


Now that it is blocked from changing...
...you can pick from the options mentioned above
(e.g. option 1 or option 2 or both options).


If you want to put things back the way that they were:
Remove each entry, CHECK the options highlighted below and click OK.
MSI Afterburner Files of type "MinimumPrice"?-r9.png


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